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Applied Music at PCC

Techniques Classes, Performance Ensembles, Individual Instruction and Advanced Performance Repertoire classes

Applied Music classes at PCC are the courses that relate directly to playing an instrument or singing. These classes include performance ensembles, vocal and instrumental techniques classes, private lessons and Advanced Performance Repertoire classes. Collectively these courses develop performance and technical skills on an instrument or voice.

1)     Techniques Classes

PCC offers introductory technique classes on a wide variety of instruments and voice. Beginning and advanced techniques classes introduce students to new instruments, give valuable experience to future music educators and provide entry-level students an opportunity to improve their skills in preparation for further music study.

2)     Performance Ensembles

PCC has a full suite of performance ensembles ranging from the traditional bands, choirs, orchestras and jazz groups to chamber ensembles, piano groups and world music ensembles such as our Middle Eastern and Chinese Music Ensembles.

Selected ensembles require audition for entry. Audition dates and times can be found in the Schedule of Classes and general information about Ensemble Auditions can be found on the Audition Information Sheet.

3)     Individual Instruction

Music 8 and Music 9 are one-unit courses that offer private music lessons in all band and orchestral instruments, piano/keyboard, voice, electric and acoustic guitar, drum set, and electric bass. Music styles include both classical and jazz. Music 8 students take lessons with an outside private teacher at their own expense, while Music 9 students study with a highly qualified PCC instructor at no additional charge.

Once enrolled you receive weekly private lessons, peer and faculty coaching, pianist services, practice space with a piano, and access to the many resources of the PCC Music Lab. The program offers a great opportunity to develop artistic talent and to network with other serious music students. Lessons are taken in conjunction with an Individual Instruction performance skills class.

Dedicated students improve their performance, stage presence, and audition skills, and become better able to compete for admission into 4-year music programs. Enrollment is merit based, limited and therefore not guaranteed. Audition Information Sheet.

More detailed information about the Individual Instruction Program can be found here.

4)     Advanced Performance Repertoire Classes

Music 17 offers advanced training for instrumentalists and vocalists, individually or in small-groups in conjunction with an Individual Instruction performance skills class. The focus of this study is on developing elements of historical context, form, harmony, technique, style and expression in vocal and instrumental performance.


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